Monday, September 29, 2014

DIY Cow Floral Home Décor

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A house is not a home without some home décor, don´t you think? And a meal is not a meal without a good wine. I´m just kidding on this last one. But I do enjoy a good one. I realized I have plenty or bottles of wine clean and ready for me to make something interesting with them. This Bottle of wine revamp love started when I decided to turn this bottle of wine into a little fishbowl type floral home décor, without the fish, of course. It is like the park for the fishy. 

Today, I am all about the cows. I actually wanted something cute for the kitchen to doll it up a bit. It needs more like a whole reconstruction, but step by step. I have always liked how cow-decorations look on kitchens; in fact I have a somewhat big  “painting” type thing in there already. I say it like that, because I actually painted that one. So, to continue with the family cow, I decided to go for these two. One is white and the other is black. They contrast and complement each other harmoniously, like family. Every time I go to the kitchen the “sisters cow” are the first thing that pops. Because I placed them together, you know so they can chat.. Ok, enough for the ramble and craziness. Let´s get crafty.

Materials and how-to:
-       2 clean and empty bottles of wine. They don´t have to be exclusively wine just bottle big enough, with a cute shape to them.
-       Black and white acrylic paint.
-       Brushes.
-       Satin finish top coat.
-       Fake flower. Is optional if you want to use fake or natural flowers, I like fresh natural ones but fake ones last a lot longer with me =P.
-       Cutters and pliers.




Saturday, September 27, 2014

How-to 2 in 1 Pomegranate Box of Chocolate | Desserts for the Weekend

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Hi everyone, today I wanted to share another dessert, this time, using pomegranate and dark chocolate.  My obsession with dark chocolate and something else started years ago, the first time I tried a dark chocolate covered strawberry. Then years and years later I saw this idea online, of strawberry “shots”, next thing I know I was in the kitchen trying to re-create the idea, adding my own twist to it: this is the result. Then I made this Strawberry and Dark chocolate square threats, not only are they easy on the eye, they are also delicious: here is the result.

And now, this is what I came up with. The tittle mentions Box of chocolate, this is not an exact re-creation of a legit Box of Chocolate concept, this is just and idea on how you can make it homemade. We have chocolate (what more can I say), perfect bite-size treats, and with that drizzle on top they will look oh-so-cute. For them you just need: Chocolate (dark, semi sweet, white, milk…up to you), a pomegranate, and a few tools you will find throughout the video. Let´s get started:



Monday, September 22, 2014

Chevron nail art | Using Stamping System

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Hello Internet friends! I use to have this thing called Monday Mani where every Monday I would post anything nails related, but I have been switching recently to every other Monday, and those Mondays in between I have been doing some DIYs. Today is a Monday for something nail art related, and I wanted to share this design.

This design reminds me to a hotel in Vegas, Luxor Hotel. I think is just the colors I used and the pattern itself. Or maybe is something else. Speaking of those colors, I love the combination of a teal, a white and a black, with some gold in the mix. In everything, home décor items, clothing, what have you, I find it lovely.

Nail polishes and materials I used are mentions in the step-by-step video. Happy nail painting!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Jewelry Organizer Refashion

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Hi! Well, some of my jewelry had been homeless for a while. Mostly earrings, because I still haven´t found anything I like to display them.  Until now, I think. Going back to the past, just a few months, I went to a graduation party where they had these bases as centerpieces with some floral arrangements on them. They gave me 1 (a.k.a. I took them, but it´s ok because they were going to end up in the garbage anyways). I had it just sitting there with zero clue of what to do with it, until I saw this:



The idea is perfect; I believe they used acrylic paint with some other stuff. This inspired me to re-create it, with my own twist on it and the materials I had.

So, this is what I used and step-by-step on how I did it:



And this is how I ended up storing my earrings. Following a chocolate box´s logic I taped in a few mini cupcake wrappers, so my earrings wouldn´t move around and is more convenient in general:


Friday, September 12, 2014

Cupcake Stand DIY

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Hello. After being sick for a few days, I wanted to “come back” with this little something I made a few weeks ago.

This is not a dessert (duh!) but is something that could help you for a bit of presentation. As mentioned in my how-to video below, I went for the standard color and design because from there I can build up with fun cupcake wrappers and bows around the stand.  You can go many directions from here, from leaving it “plain” and simple like so, to actually making a bunch of the, playing with different sizes, heights, etc, and you could have a fun table full of contrasting and different cupcakes stands. You can paint them solid vibrant contrasting colors and then have random cupcake stands with designs here and there like polka dots, flowers, chevron patterns, etc. Creativity is your only limit and they can become a new canvas.  However, if you are doing that (going for the colorful, fun version of it), my personal opinion is, leave wrappers one solid color and maybe just add some white buttercream on a swirl, or something very simple but cute. That way, the focal point will be to the cupcake stands, and it won´t look like a crazy table where everything is competing with each other or like a hot mess. Unless you are going for that.

Is up to you, my dear Internet friend. I am just here sharing one way you can do the basic stuff, so, let´s stop the rambling, and start the fun! Happy crafting – then baking!


Monday, September 1, 2014

Mint flowers nail art using stamping system (Konad & Bundle monster)

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Happy Monday Mani, it has been a while since I posted a nail art in here. The thing is that I´m switching now. One Monday is dedicated to a DIY project and the next one will be about nail art. Today is nail art change.

But today I am doing something a bit different. I am using a stamping system. I discovered this pretty cool concept a few years ago. Then stopped using them, and the other day I was re-organizing my nail polish “collection” and I saw the whole kit, and made me ask my self: “why did I ever stop using them?” So, I cleaned the whole set and gave it a go.

For anyone who has no clue what I am referring to, here it is. A stamping nail art system, is simply choosing images (that come on plates), and then stamping those images on your nails. Here and here you will find more information about it. All I can say, is they are pretty cool. Cons:  It´s a bit of a messy process, somewhat of a waist, and you have to work with very pigmented polishes. But even so, I like it. And once in a while it´s totally cool to use them, I think!

So, with all that said, I came up with this design. I used just a base coat, my mint-ish base color, a gold nail polish, and my matte topcoat. Find our what exactly did I use and how I do this design here. Happy stamping!


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Easy & Fast Pomegranate Snack | Desserts for the Weekend

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Happy weekend everyone! Today I wanted to share one of my all time favorite and one of my childhood memories actually: Pomegranate.

We use to have this dessert, and up until today, when I go to my parent’s house and they make it, it makes me so happy. It makes me remember when I was younger, and everything was ok because I was home, and I didn´t have to worry about anything, really. You know, when you get that pampering feeling of “I´m home now, everything is fine”. It brings me back to that. 

I also wanted to share this one, because is extremely easy to make and tastes good. The most difficult part is opening that pomegranate, that´s how easy this is.
Perfect for back to school or work. You can make a couple pomegranates the night before, in Tupperware (refrigerated), take it out the next day and you are good to go.  Perfect snack.

So, let me show you how easy it is. Happy snacking!